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ThePigSite Newsletter - 24 August 2009

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Welcome to this week's newsletter

Editorial – One Industry Watcher Sees the Bright Side

Fuelled by high feed costs due to increased competition for corn from the ethanol industry, low hog prices due to an over-supply, the global recession and the impact of the H1N1 flu, the North American pig industry is facing its worst economic squeeze ever.

A lone voice, it seems is predicting a good future for the industry. Dr Ron Plain of the University of Missouri has said: “Long term, one of the key things is this whole issue of competitive position in the world and I think North American hog industry long term is a place that's going to gain market share.”

Every producer in North American will be hoping he is right - and the sooner, the better.

The latest statistics from Canada show 6.7 per cent fewer pigs on farm on 1 July 2008 than a year previously, and the breeding herd was down 4.6 per cent. The combination of US COOL regulations and perceptions of the H1N1 virus have caused the number of pigs exported from Canada to drop by more than one-third over the last year.

And still on H1N1, several breeding female pigs on the farm at Cosgrove in the state of Victoria, Australia, tested positive for Influenza A, H1N1 last week. Authorities say the farm will be quarantined for “a few more weeks”.

The next edition of ThePigSite newsletter will be distributed on Tuesday next week (1 September) as Monday is a public holiday in the UK.

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* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 4 new features this week:

New French Farm-to-Plate Pricing Analysis
The French trading standards agency DGCCRF* and France Agrimer* have jointly published a price analysis of the farm to plate supply chain for loin roasts, pork chops and ham, writes Peter Crosskey for ThePigSite. Other product categories may follow, but since loins generate about 90 per cent of the fresh pig meat sold by multiple retailers, according to TNS data, there is no urgency.
Porcine Intestinal Adenomatosus (Pig Ileitis)
The causes, different clinical forms and control/treatment of ileitis are covered in this article from Meriden Animal Health.
US Pork Outlook Report - August 2009
Summer prices for pigs and pork cuts remain at low levels due to slow demand for pork products, according to the USDA ERS August 2009 Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Second Quarter 2009
Canadian producers had 6.7 cent per fewer pigs on farm on 1 July 2008 than a year previously, and the breeding herd was down 4.6 per cent, according to the latest quarterly report from Statistics Canada. The combination of US COOL regulations and perceptions of the H1N1 virus caused the number of pigs exported from Canada to drop by more than one-third for the first half year of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.
HYGIENIC FLOOR SYSTEMS FOR FARROWING AND REARING PENS from Big Dutchman
* Global Pig Industry News

   European Union

 » EU Pig Prices: Still Unchanged for the Most Part

   United States

 » Weekly Outlook: Corn, Soybean Production Forecasts
 » Market Preview: No Banner Year for Packers Either
 » NPPC Asks USDA to Save US Pork Industry
 » CME: Pork Markets Still a Topic of Interest
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Communication Essential for Success of Pathogens
 » Smithfield Completes Secured Notes Offering
 » CME: Good News for Meat Product Buyers
 » US and Canadian Hog Inventory Down 3 Per Cent
 » CAST Analyses Productivity and Genetic Diversity
 » CME: Producers Prepare for Continued Cutbacks
 » Weekly Review: Exports to Mexico Recovered in June
 » July Red Meat Production Below Previous Year
 » AMI's Boyle Meets with President Obama
 » CME: Bearish Undertones for Pork Supplies

   United Kingdom

 » Diagnostic Testing for Pig and Poultry Industries
 » UK Industry Counters Cancer Scare Reports
 » UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2009
 » Don't Ring Us, We Will Ring You...

Never Stop Improving
   General

 » Pork Plummets as US Exports Dive
 » New Method for Diagnosis of Pestivirus Infections

   Canada

 » Pork Commentary: Too Little Too Late
 » CFIA Enhances Animal Disease Reporting
 » Pork Industry Restructuring Package Trade Neutral
 » Restructuring Package Expected to be Beneficial
 » Pick Pork Grill Team Passes Quarter Million Served
 » Ethanol Undermines Canada Hog Farm Rescue
 » Long Term Outlook for Pork Consumption Bright
 » Calculating Energy Content of Swine Rations
 » Government's Support Plan Ignores Conflicting Policies

   New Zealand

 » NZ Pork Industry Warns Against Raw Imports

   Australia

 » Pig Disease Monitoring Put to the Test
 » Influenza A H1 Found at Piggery in Victoria
 » Pork Producer Forum in Young
 » Pig Farm to Remain Under Quarantine over H1N1 Flu

   Denmark

 » ICOMST: Danish Crown Serves Up Tasty Experience

Circovac - Nothing protects earlier
   Russian Federation

 » Operations Suspended in the Bryanskaya Oblast

   India

 » Fresh Guidelines for Surveillance of Pigs in State

   China

 » Pork to Keep China's Inflation on the Back-burner

   Viet Nam

 » New Opportunity for US Feed in Viet Nam

Intervet - Research makes the difference

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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